Spain issues nationwide alert over possible monkeypox outbreak

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Madrid (Spain) – Health officials in Spain issued a nationwide alert Wednesday, warning about a possible outbreak of monkeypox, after 23 people showed symptoms of the virus detected in Britain and Portugal.

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The new cases in the Madrid region are being analyzed by Spain’s National Microbiology Center and are not confirmed. The health ministry said the nationwide alert was issued “to guarantee a swift, coordinated and timely response.”

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While it is unlikely monkeypox would spread significantly, it “can’t be ruled out,” according to Fernando Simon, an epidemiologist in charge of Spain’s health emergencies center. In Portugal, five cases have been confirmed and health authorities are investigating another 15 suspected cases. Seven cases have been confirmed in Britain since May 4.

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